Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) is a lifesaving technique useful in many emergencies, including a heart attack or near drowning, in which someone’s breathing or heartbeat has stopped. The American Heart Association recommends that everyone — untrained bystanders and medical personnel alike — begin CPR with chest compression.
We all know that something is better than nothing. It is far much true when someone is dying near you. You should respond immediately instead of just standing there. Remember, the difference between your doing something and doing nothing could be someone’s life.
Here is some advice from the American Heart Association:
When to do CPR
Why is CPR so important?
CPR alone can not restart the heart but, it can make sure the oxygenated blood flowing to the brain and other important organs until the medical team or ambulance arrives. The objective is to delay tissue death and to extend the brief window of opportunity for a successful resuscitation without permanent brain damage.
When the heart stops, the lack of oxygenated blood can cause brain damage in only a few minutes. A person may die within eight to ten minutes resulting from brain damage. In this case, the CPR can delay brain damage and eventually may save a life.
CPR may not ensure to save a life, but it can triple the person’s chance of surviving if someone starts CPR in the first minute or two. If you use an AED in those first few minutes, survival rates reach more than 70%.
Before Beginning CPR
Over 1.5 million heart attacks occur each year, and approximately 350,000 of these people die before ever reaching a hospital. Approximately 7 million adults and children suffer disabling injuries in their own homes and backyards each year, resulting from accidents which may also require CPR. But before beginning CPR:
Step by Step Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Guidelines
In an image, the whole process is given below –
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